Our Council and Our Committees

Our Council

NLCHP is governed by a Board made up of one representative from each health professional group and six government-appointed public representatives.

Executive

Elected Members

Executive

last updated: October 23, 2019

Colin Power has been a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) for 28 years having graduated from Cabot College in 1991. He has served on the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Medical Laboratory Science (NLCMLS) and its predecessor society, the Newfoundland and Labrador Society of Medical Laboratory Science (NLSMLS), in various roles including Chair. In 2004, he graduated from Memorial University with a BSc in Biology and a Business Diploma in Management and Supervisory Skills. His professional interests have always centered around enhancing the profession and patient safety.

Colin currently works as a Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist with Eastern Health having completed the Advanced Diploma – X-Ray Skills for a Medical Laboratory Technologist, from the College of the North Atlantic in 2014.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Elizabeth Whitten is a Human Resources professional with over 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors, including over 12 years in health care. Elizabeth is currently Manager of Human Resources with Newfoundland Power. She holds Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Employment Relations degrees from Memorial University and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. In addition to serving as a public representative with NLCHP, Elizabeth also serves on the board of Waypoints and previously served as Chair of the Board of The Murphy Centre. She lives with her family in St. John’s.

Elected Members

last updated: October 23, 2019

Kenny is a Registered Acupuncturist and an executive member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CTCMPANL).

last updated: October 23, 2019

Dr. Brake-Patten holds a Degree in Science, Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Education. Her practice includes a full-time RMT. In May 2019 she celebrated 25 years of clinical practice winning a national award for community service and leadership in Toronto. Dr. Brake-Patten also teaches anatomy and physiology to paramedicine students at the College of the North Atlantic. She has served on various community organizations and has taken many leadership roles including currently sits as volunteer Mayor for the town of Kippens. She was finance chair for five years leading up to the mayoral position keeping a balanced budget for one of the only debt free towns in NL. She is past president of the Stephenville Rotary Club, Bay. St. George Chamber of Commerce and Newfoundland Labrador Chiropractic Association.

She has worked diligently for her profession lobbying the government for privileges for chiropractors in NL and then finally signing the Hospital x-ray privilege agreement in 2002. She now sits as VP of the Newfoundland Labrador Chiropractic Association. She is president of the Stephenville Historical Society, opening the Regional Museum of Art and History in 2011. She sits on the Residential Support Board, a board to assist individuals with disabilities live in the community in a family environment. She has also recently been appointed to the NL Arts Council and College of the North Atlantic Board of Governors.

She and her husband formed a charity, Hope For Ryan Incorporated. They have opened a day camp, Camp Evergreen, for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also a licensed guide for hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing, commissioner of oaths and marriage commissioner. She is the mother of three university-aged children and a foster parent since 2016. Dr. Brake-Patten is a very hard worker and takes any challenge very serious. She is happy to serve and will do whatever possible to advance our province and our people.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Gladys is a public representative.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Joshua is a public representative

last updated: October 23, 2019

Lisa Napier is a Medical Laboratory Technologist with 30 years of experience in Haematology and Transfusion Medicine and has been on the Board of Directors of the NL College of Medical Laboratory Sciences (NLCMLS) for eight years with the last two years as President. Lisa currently works as a Regional Transfusion Safety Officer at Central Regional Health Authority.

last updated: June 11, 2020

Katherine is a Registered Dental Hygienist and the Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Patty has been practicing as a dental hygienist for 34 years now and still loves her profession! She is passionate about making connections with her clients and creating a sense of community. She enjoys giving back by volunteering her services at the Gathering Place, a not for profit community dental clinic. Patty currently sits on the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists (NLCDH) and is the president of the Newfoundland & Labrador Dental Hygienists Association (NLDHA). She enjoys collaborating with the members of the NLCHP and recognizes the importance of having a governing body that provides guidance to its professional colleges and serves to protect the public.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Cara Begg-Reid is the Chair of the College of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador and member of the NLCHP. She graduated in 2013 from the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. Cara lives in Newfoundland and currently practices at Sages Femmes Rouge Valley Midwives in Ontario. She has a special interest in providing midwifery care for teen parents and for clients identifying as part of the LGBT+ community. Cara is actively participating in the implementation of midwifery in Newfoundland and Labrador and excited by the progress being accomplished.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Judy Davidson completed her graduate training in Communication Disorders at the University of British Columbia and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist with various adult populations based at the DR L.A. Miller Centre in St. John’s. Following 18 years of front-line clinical practice, Judy transitioned to roles in health care management and is currently the Professional Practice Consultant for Speech-Language Pathology and the Manager of Audiology for Eastern Health. Recognizing the privilege of self-regulation, Judy is pleased to represent the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Newfoundland and Labrador.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Chris Murphy is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and Chair of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CASLP-NL).

last updated: October 23, 2019

Cheryl Bailey is a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 26 years with many of these years being in a leadership role. The focus of her career has been in the area of neonatal and pediatric care. During this time, she has worked in the intensive care environment, pulmonary function laboratory, neonatal transport team, and currently as the clinical leader of respiratory services at the Janeway Child Health Centre of Eastern Health. As clinical leader, she is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of respiratory therapy practice as it relates to pediatrics in the province. She acts as an interdisciplinary liaison for respiratory education for staff and other partners throughout the province including areas outside of Eastern Health. She participates in many committees and has served as the college representative on the NLCHP QA committee for over five years. As of Sept 2018, she became the Chair of the NL College of Respiratory Therapists (NLCRT) where she hopes to use these collaborative skills to address regulatory issues facing the profession and improve communication to the members of their College.

last updated: October 23, 2019

William is a public representative.

last updated: October 23, 2019

Doug is a public representative.

Our Committees

The NLCHP Council has four standing committees including: the Registration Committee, the Quality Assurance Committee, the Complaints Authorization Committee, and the Finance and Human Resources Committee.

NLCHP Committee Membership

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